Family-friendly New Year celebrations

It's time to bid farewell to 2019 and say hello to 2020! Here are some fun ways around Charleston to celebrate with the whole family on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Noon Year’s Eve at Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Here’s another option for you early birds! Spend the morning exploring the museum and crafting, then count down to the big ball drop at Noon! The event is included with CML Membership or Admission. No pre-registration is required.

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"Noon" Year at the Library

Wando Mt. Pleasant Library 

Monday, December 31, 2019


Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library 

Monday, December 31, 2019


Don’t want to stay up till midnight? No problem! Bring the whole family for a New Year’s Noon Party at these Charleston County Public Library locations and countdown to 12 Noon with crafts, activities and more.



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Happy New Year, Charleston!

December 31, 2019

4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Marion Square
329 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403

This FREE celebration is always a family favorite. Downtown Charleston will come together to greet 2020 with food and entertainment for all ages. This event is open to the public and alcohol-free.

4:00pm Electric Trio
5:00pm John Cusatis
5:30pm DJ Brandon Curbow

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Holiday Festival Of Lights and New Years Eve Fireworks

Monday, December 31, 2019


James Island County Park

Holiday lights AND a spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show? Yes, please! The last day to tour the lights is January 1st, so don’t miss this chance to enjoy ’em before they’re gone.

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New Year's Eve Flip Flop Drop

Monday, January 31, 2019

10:00 p.m.

Center Street, Folly Beach

Times Square’s got nothing on Folly! Center Street will close to traffic and open up for revelers at 10 p.m. At 11:59 p.m., the area’s unofficial favorite footwear will drop to mark 2020 followed by fireworks at midnight.

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5K New Years Day Pajama Run

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Start your New Year’s resolution on day one with a 5K around Charlestowne Landing. Bring the kids for a fun run before the main event. And you can all still sleep in a bit, since you’ll be running in your PJ’s!

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Dunleavy’s Pub Polar Plunge

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


2213 Middle Street
Sullivan’s Island

Are you ready to take the plunge? This annual tradition is also raising money for the Special Olympics. Come early for food and beverages. Then watch…or join in… as brave souls charge into the chilly Atlantic waves. Sign up now or support a fundraiser taking the plunge for Special Olympics.

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Folly Beach’s Bill Murray Look-A-Like Polar Bear Plunge

Tuesday, January 1, 2020

1:00 pm

Folly Beach near the Tides Hotel

You’re invited to “Come Freeze Your Bills Off” at this annual salute to New Year’s Day and Bill Murray. Dress up as your favorite Murray character and take a dip! There are cash prizes for the best costumes, plus, crafts for the kids at Folly Beach Library and a Bloody Mary competition at many Folly Beach bars and restaurants.

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First Day Hikes

Why not start the new year getting back to nature? Many South Carolina State Parks are offering guided hikes on January 1 where you can explore local beauty and history. They’re free with paid park admission. Check the park finder for more locations and details.

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